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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2010
At St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore, the most ardent sports fan is the one on the bench in a black habit and veil. If the Panthers are playing, Sister John Francis Schilling, president of the East Baltimore school, is cheering. "She's like another coach or a general manager on the sidelines," said Mark Karcher, boys basketball coach. "If I have a bad game, she will get on me. " Sister Schilling also keeps the stats and writes a weekly blog detailing nuances of the games.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 15, 2002
For movie lovers, there's no reason to see John Q. except during a fit of insomnia when it shows up on late-night cable. All that makes it bearable in the theater is the anger it sets off in the audience over America's medical mismanagement. Remember the crack about HMOs that brought down the house in As Good As It Gets? John Q. uses outrage over our health care system to fuel an entire two-hour hostage drama. The spluttering it rouses from insurance-burned viewers has far more vitality than the actual content of the movie.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2003
Thinking back, Cleoda R. Walker wonders if it was wise to take on the Veronica Avenue Boys, a street gang that in the late 1990s sold $10,000 worth of heroin a night in her Cherry Hill neighborhood. Gang members attacked and beat her brother and grandson, and made threats on her life. But Walker, who promised her dying mother that she would look after the neighborhood, refused to back down. "I would rather be dead in my grave than to not be free," said Walker, 62, who has spent most of her life advocating for Cherry Hill, which is home to the largest concentration of public housing in the city.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN REPORTER | October 28, 2006
It's Halloween and time for our annual visit with Ed Okonowicz, the Elkton ghost expert and author who enjoys researching and chronicling the kinds of eerie experiences that most of us mortals would rather not have. He's putting the finishing touches on Haunted Maryland, which will be published next year by Stackpole Books, the Mechanicsburg, Pa., publisher. While he acknowledges having had only one personal brush with the spirit world after his father's death, Okonowicz takes no chances.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | October 7, 1994
How many ministers does it take to bless one bathroom in a mission center? A dozen, all laughing."It's like a fraternity party," said one clergyman in a tight spot between a large old bathtub and the wall. "Let's see how many we can squeeze in."The pastors prayed, "Bathe us with your grace, that our lives may give witness to the goodness of your creation."Kathy Brown, director of the Shepherd's Staff mission for needy people, invited the ministers to join in the blessings for each room before the center reopened yesterday at its new location in Westminster.
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By MATTHEW HAY BROWN and MATTHEW HAY BROWN,SUN REPORTER | July 8, 2006
On July 7, 1806, a procession of priests and "junior ecclesiastics" led Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore to the southwestern corner of the hilltop plot that would be the site of America's first Catholic cathedral. Carroll sprinkled the first foundation stone with "blessed water," according to one account, while the assembled clergy repeated the 127th Psalm: "Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." They sang "Veni, Creator Spiritus," a hymn invoking the Holy Spirit.
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November 21, 2008
WASHINGTON - As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I'm bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And the truth - as long as we're setting ourselves free - is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2004
With their main sanctuary still off-limits yesterday - waterlogged and scarred by fire and smoke - members of Northwest Baptist Church crammed into a too-small space in their fellowship center and prayed. The room was sparse - with white folding chairs instead of pews, no organ, and small TV monitors in place of the giant screen used by the high-tech congregation to broadcast words of worship and song. But none of that seemed to faze those who came to the Reisterstown church to listen and sing and praise the good timing and small miracles they believed saved the church from burning to the ground after its steeple was struck by lightning Wednesday.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | May 20, 1998
MOSCOW -- Faith brought a thousand people to an old war monument here yesterday, faith in the redemptive power of a man who in life was loving, mild and inadequate.In death, the murdered Czar Nicholas II has become something else altogether. Above the priests and uniformed Cossacks and kerchiefed old women who came to mark his 130th birthday, the banners flapping in the warm breeze bore his likeness as if that of an icon."I think the czar fulfilled his mission, which was like Christ's," said Valentina Shatskaya.
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April 17, 2012
On Sunday, I attended mass with my 79-year-old grandmother. Two months ago, she lost her husband, my grandfather. Ever since that day, she could not have a more positive attitude about moving onward in her life. This strength she so fervently displays day to day, she wholeheartedly attributes to her faith. As her top admirer, and as someone who had considered herself a faithful Catholic for much of her life, I decided to begin attending church again to discover this unyielding faith my grandmother seems to possess.
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